Historical Geography Research ›› 2019, Vol. 39 ›› Issue (1): 32-49.

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To Annotate the Text of the Sushui Drainage Area and Reconstruct the River Courses and the Administrative Division Recorded in Shui Jing Zhu (Notes to the Book of Rivers)

Li Xiaojie,Huang Xuechao,Yang Xiaoyang,Yang Zhiyu,Gong Yingjun,Yan Weiguang   

  1. Centre for Historical Geography Studies, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
  • Received:2019-04-15 Online:2019-08-20 Published:2019-08-20


Shui Jing Zhu(Notes to the Book of Rivers) is a well-known classic work from ancient China on geographical features arranged by river channels. It has considerable significance in studies on earlier changes of river channels and administrative divisions. In this paper, we study Commentary on Sushui River, the sixth volume of Shui Jing Zhu. Based on previous studies, we utilize related textural and archaeological evidences to conduct a comprehensive analysis on this volume. Components of our study include the collating on original texts, locating historical sources, and reconstructing the distribution of river channels and settlements. To intuitively visualize results of our study, we also generate a map that compares ancient features with modern ones.

Key words: Shui Jing Zhu(Notes to the Book of Rivers), Sushui Drainage Area, reconstruction of river channels, distribution of settlements and cities

CLC Number: 

  • K928